Monday, March 19, 2007

How Toxic Is Your Shampoo?

By Doris Rapp, M.D.

Announcer: This lecture is going to open up your eyes to the most shocking and incredible information you have ever heard about - the chemical invasion occurring in our society right now. Like most people, you probably do not realize that you and your family are dousing yourselves every day with the same toxic chemicals that are found in anti-freeze, engine de-greasers and brake fluid. According to scientists, these ingredients are absorbed through our skin into the body and the brain 3 times faster than water. The side effects these chemicals are causing can include chest pain, memory loss, severe skin rashes, asthma, chronic fatigue, acne and even cancer.

What is so shocking about this is that the companies that make these products know very well what these chemicals can do, but they ignore it. Does this sound familiar to you? An entire industry that knows that it is selling products that contain harmful substances, but does nothing about it. If you are thinking that this sounds like the tobacco scandal all over again, you may very well be right. Remember, the victims of the tobacco scandal were not the companies, but the American people and their health. It is entirely possible that the same exact scenario will play itself out with the personal care companies sometime in the next few decades. You owe it to yourself and your family to know the truth now because the companies are certainly not going to come forward with this vital information anytime soon.

Here to share this consumer alert message is Dr. Doris Rapp, a board certified medical doctor, founder of the Practical Allergy Foundation, former President of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, author of eight books on healthcare and a frequent guest on talk shows such as the Oprah Winfrey show. She holds a tremendous amount of credibility in the medical community and she is speaking out today because she is sick and tired of people being taken advantage of. Remember, this could be the next tobacco scandal. So, if you want to reverse the aging process, save your skin and especially save your money, pay attention to this life-altering lecture.

The following was transcribed from a live lecture by Dr. Doris Rapp:

What I am going to tell you is not a little important, but vitally important to the future of everyone that you know and love. Let me give you a little bit of my background first. I came from a very poor family. No one had a college education. By the time I was 4 years of age, I knew I was going to be a physician. Don't ask me why. I just knew I would be a doctor. I worked very hard. I picked crops in the fields in the summer and I worked two and three jobs while I was going through college and even worked when I was in medical school. I got through and then I practiced traditional allergy. I studied first as a pediatrician, an allergist and I practiced traditional allergy for about 20 years.

Then I went to a meeting that changed my life. Maybe the way this one might change your life. At that time, I found that I was missing food sensitivities and chemical sensitivities. I didn't believe it. I thought I was practicing the best pediatric allergy in the world when I went to this meeting in 1975. At that time, I realized that I wasn't and I started to learn environmental medicine. I learned that foods and chemicals can make us very, very sick and that I had been missing it for 20 years. My whole life changed.

As time passed, I realized how much chemicals really are hurting us. I tell you that it is going to affect everyone that is listening to this. You are going to be affected by chemicals and it isn't going to help you, they are going to hurt you. I want to urge you to become an informed consumer. You simply have to start to pay attention to what you are putting on your body. Read the labels! I want all of you to go home today and pull out all the things that you use on your body every day and read the labels.

You are going to find the kinds of words that I am going to talk about later and it means caution. Beware! Do you really want to use those things on your skin? If they are found in anti-freeze, if they are known to cause cancer? It's your decision, not mine. No one is going to force you. What we are putting on our skin, what we are putting on our body, goes squish right into the inside. When you put something on your skin, it does not stay on your skin. It goes inside and if it is toxic, your body does no t know what to do with it, so it starts to try and take it to the liver to try to clean it out. Then it tries to get rid of it in your breath, in your perspiration, through your urine and through your bowel movements.

If you have too many chemicals, then you get cancer of the bladder, cancer of the bowel, cancer of the lung.

Are you beginning to see the picture? These chemicals go all over. They can affect your brain and your muscles and every area of your body can be affected. You have to understand that what you put on your body can actually be making you sick.

I am very, very concerned about certain chemicals and we are going to be talking about some of the types of chemicals that are found in ordinary body products that you may be using every single day and have never given it a thought. There are natural alternatives available. What I want to do is explain to you not only how bad it is, but what you can do about it in order to protect yourself and those you love.

The cosmetic industry and the personal care product industry is absolutely a mess. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, there are 30 billion dollars a year spent on shampoos, creams, lotions and personal care products.

The Food and Drug Administration did two studies that show that 27 out of 29 cosmetics, and that's a lot, contain high concentrations of a substance called Nitrous Diethanolamine which causes cancer. Now this means what you put on your skin can actually contain a substance that causes cancer. Should you be concerned about it? I think so.

A study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health said that there are 884 toxic chemicals in personal care products. Seven hundred and seventy eight cause acute toxic affect. What does that mean in English? That means that it could cause a headache, it could cause a rash, it makes you sick in some way right away.

One hundred and forty six of the chemicals can cause tumors. Now some of these tumors are like cancer. Some are not cancers, but some of them are.

Three hundred and fourteen can cause developmental abnormalities. What does that mean? It means that if you put it on yourself when you are pregnant, that your baby might not be normal. When a child's nervous system and brain is developing, some of these chemicals could adversely affect that. Some of these chemicals, if you just breath the vapors, they can make a baby sick.

They can cause reproductiveproblems in two hundred and eighteen of these chemicals.

Three hundred and seventy six can cause skin or eye damage. Now that ought to be a little bit upsetting to you. If you look at the organs of the body, like your heart and your liver, and your kidney and your spleen, you will find that the biggest organ of your body is your skin. This is why it is so important to pay attention to what we put on our skin because, as I said, it goes squish right inside.

Think about the things that you put on your body as a nicotine patch. If you have a little nicotine patch and you put it on your body to stop the craving for nicotine, some people can taste the nicotine just like that. It goes squish right into their body. Imagine that you are wrapping your whole body in a patch that is not nicotine, but substances that might cause cancer or hurt you in some other way. This is what you are doing.

These things can go right inside your body. So, you have got to be concerned about it. Creams are absorbed more quickly than other substances through the skin. This was written by Dr. Olinsku, Dr. Smith and Dr. Hertog in The Body's Battle Against Pollution. Which means when you put cream on, it goes into the body.

Is there a lot of money to be made on personal care products? Well, you have got to be kidding. There's a 6,000 percent profit. 6,000 percent! Sometimes the fancy cap on the bottle costs more than the ingredients in the bottle. Actually, I do not care about the cost myself.

What I am concerned about is the medical problems - that something can cause it, it is not safe for you to use on your body or in your body. All I know is I do have an answer. That there are products that appear to be very safe, that do not contain toxic chemicals, that we know do not cause damage. So why are we using the ones that might be dangerous when we can be using the safe ones?

Many of you ladies who are here know about wrinkle creams. None of us want to be wrinkled, to put it mildly. Do you know that some wrinkle creams can make you look older, rather than younger?

Sometimes this is due to a chemical called Propylene Glycol, which is found in shampoos, styling gels, body lotions and body creams. But what disturbs me is that it is also found in anti-freeze. Would you put anti-freeze on your body? On the labels it may not say Propylene Glycol, it certainly won't say anti-freeze, unless you are in an automobile shop, but it might say PG or PEG.

In the journal called Human Reproduction, it says that this chemical can damage or alter cell membranes. In the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, it says that it can inhibit cell growth which means the cells can not reproduce normally. If you can't make new cells, the cells can get old and they can get wrinkled. In Pharmacology Research, it says that this chemical can damage the skin and muscle tissue. This means that it can cause more wrinkles. Workers who handle this Propylene Glycol are told that they should wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles.

I don't know what more I have to say about it. In other words, I personally do not want to use something that contains Propylene Glycol on my skin.

Many of these skin preparations contains what's called Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Sometimes on the label it might say Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid. These chemicals sometimes cause blistering, bleeding, severe redness and skin discoloration. And some of them can cause you to have an increased sensitivity to the sun, so you take a risk of getting more sunburned than usual or developing skin cancer, according to the FDA.

Have any of you experienced any hair loss? Well, I used to think hair loss was a domain of men, but I am very distressed to find that women are getting male pattern baldness. Their hair is getting thin. Why is this happening? I am sure that there are multiple reasons. Nothing in medicine is simple. There are many reasons why this is happening, but maybe it is related to the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that is found in many personal care products. This chemical is known to damage hair follicles and it actually causes the hair to fall out due to a toxic overload, according to the Journal of the American College of Toxicology.

This chemical has been linked to eye damage, intestinal damage, breathing problems, skin spots and cysts. In fact, it has even caused a mouse's skin to sag and become wrinkled.

Should we be using it on our skin? It's also used as a de-greasing agent. Dr. Joseph Sigland, at the Medical College of Ohio, said chronic exposure to de-greasing agents can cause low energy, irritability, mood changes, chronic headaches and memory loss.

The Journal of Pharmacological Science says that this chemical, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, can stay in the body as long as 7 days after the exposure. So you put it on our skin and it stays in your body for at least 7 days and if your body cannot get rid of it and has too much, your body will tend to store it in fat places such as in your breast fat and places of that sort. That is where the body stores chemicals and that is why women that have cancer of the breast. Some women have four times more pesticides in their breast fat, then women who do not have breast cancer.

Think about it. We store these things in our body and that is what I mean when I said that we are toxic dump sites. We have to clean out our bodies and get rid of these chemicals that are already there, but more importantly, we do not want to put any more into our little bodies because we are precious. Our little temples are precious and they have got to last a lifetime and, if we take good care of our bodies, I think we can live much longer and have a much better quality of life. If you don't care and you put on something that is toxic all the time, don't be surprised if you start having problems.

Now what about people that work in beauty salons? How does it make you feel? Or even go into beauty salons, I might add. Have you ever noticed the smells when you go into the beauty salons? How does it make you feel? Think about it. Well, there is no doubt that hairstylists have a higher rate of certain types of cancer than the rest of the population, according to the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Just like pesticide applicators have more cancer and farmers have more cancer.

Why? Because they are handling toxic chemicals all the time and breathing it, especially the people that do nails, I might add. Hairstylists, in addition, have an increased risk of miscarriages and birth defects in their newborn babies because of all the chemicals that they are being exposed to all the time.

The majority of baby shampoos, for example, contain a potent chemical derived from an ingredient called Ethylene Oxide which is known to cause cancer. This is in baby shampoo. So you have got to think about everything you put on your body and in your body.

Does it make sense to wash your hair and your body with anti-freeze? There is Isopropyl Alcohol in anti-freeze, but it is also in many body lotions, hair dyes, in massage preparations, shampoos, aftershave and other body care products. Skin contact with this substance is especially dangerous for children, according to the Journal of Applied Toxicology. In addition, they say if you breath it, it can cause dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, coughing, wheezing, breathing problems and dry skin. It has been linked to skin cancer.

So I am saying if you use a preparation on your skin that contains Isopropyl Alcohol pay attention to how you feel in the next 10 or 15 minutes. When you go into the bathroom and put all of these things on your little body, how do you feel 10 minutes later? I have had children go into the bathroom after their mother has used her cosmetics and her perfumes, and the child cannot think or they have an activity or behavioral problem directly related to the smell of something that was in the bathroom that was used by their parent. I have told mothers to go out in the garage and put on your body products out there because it causes their child to get hyperactive and bit them, and I am not exaggerating.

What is the connection between cancer and Mineral Oil? Well, Mineral Oil has been linked to the following types of cancer: cancer of the skin, cancer of the rectum, cancer of the voice box, cancer of the larynx, cancer of the food tube, cancer of the esophagus, cancer of the stomach, cancer of the pancreas.

This information comes from the Rowlands School of Public Health and Emery University. Now remember, most baby oils are 100% Mineral Oil. The fact that it smells good, does not mean that it is safe. It can smell fine and feel nice, that does not mean that it is good for your skin. It does not mean that it is good for the inside of your body.

Another common name for Mineral Oil is Petroleum. It is a petroleum product. It is a coal tar derivative. That is what we call it.

Now, there are some other dangerous chemicals found in body products. One of these is Cocoamid DEA or MEA. Again, this is commonly found in shampoos, body and face creams, aftershave lotions, bubble bath.

Dr. Epstein, of the National Toxicology Program, said that repeated skin applications could result in a definite increase in liver and kidney cancer.

What are other ingredients in these body products that might harm us?

One is called Paraben and there are different types of Parabens. In bio-chemical pharmacology, they found that this chemical is toxic to the liver cells. Now remember that I told you that the liver is where substances go and it clears out all the bad stuff and gets rid of it. And so it can damage the liver if the liver isn't functioning well, if it does not have the right amount of nutrients and things of that sort.

In addition, Parabens can have anestrogenic or feminizing affect on the body. It can make males more feminine. You don don't want to fiddle around with our hormones too much. We have got lots of problems now with the estrogenic affect. We are having massive problems in society because of the feminizing affect of the chemicals that we are being exposed to on a routine basis.

Now let us talk about different ways that aromas and fragrances can make you sick. Manufacturers are not even required to even tell you what the chemicals are that are in the fragrance. This was written in Healthy Living in a Toxic World, by Cynthia Fincher.

Methyl Chloride is one of the most common fragrance ingredients and there is no doubt that it causes cancer. No doubt at all. Now Deborah Lindad has written a beautiful book called Home Safe Home and in her book she said that the side effects of aromas, nice smelling things, can lead to headaches, dizziness, fatigue, hyperactivity, nervous system problems.

That means that the brain doesn't function right, I might add, or that children cannot write normally. Depression. Some children and adults get suicidal when the smell certain aromas. Rashes, skin discoloration and brown spots on the hands. Now I thought brown spots on the hands were due to getting older and they call them senile spots which I resent. Again, they can be due to other things and we should be sure to be checking into it.

Even if something says that it is natural, it means that if only 10% of something is natural, they can put on the label that it is natural. Read the labels! I want all of you to go home today and pull out all of the things that you use in your body every day and read the label.

We are just overloading our bodies. Cancer, asthma, learning problems, Alzheimer's, muscular diseases, lie Parkinson's Disease, all kinds of diseases are almost epidemic now. They are worse than they have ever been. Forty percent increase in brain cancer in children in the past 25 years. Thirty percent increase in testicular cancer in the past 5 years.

It is just horrendous what is going on and no one seems to be getting excited about it except me. I am absolutely out on a crusade saying we have got to change it. We have got to educate the public. You have to know what the dangers are and where there are safe products.

Remember, the most important thing for you to do is read the label. Some of the words that you have heard today will ring a bell and you ought to say to yourself, hey, that is anti-freeze. Hey, I better watch out for this one. Start looking for all natural everything. In absolutely everything that comes in contact with you and those you love. Keep your nest as pure as you can.

I think that we all have to join together and urge everyone we know to start to read labels. Read labels of food that you are buying. Read labels of the products that you are using on your skin. Anything you are putting on your body, start to read all of the labels.

There is a reason why there is an epidemic of illnesses that we have never had before. We never had hyperactivity like we have it now, where up to 45-60% of children in some schools are on activity modifying drugs. Do not tell me that we are not doing something different and something wrong. These children are not different than you were or I was and we did not have these problems years ago.

You did not have 40 year olds that could not find their way to the bathroom because they have Alzheimer's. You had 95 year olds who could not find their way to the bathroom.

There are illnesses now that we have never had before. Autism, Tourets and Asthma are way, way up. Birth defects, developmental disorders. We have got to change it and I think one way we step in this direction is to change what you are putting on your body to make sure it is safe and natural. I am a physician and my interest is your health and the health of the next generation and the way we are going, we are not going to last to the end of the next century unless we clean up our act.

Let me end by saying we have polluted everything in sight. We have polluted our air, our food, our water, our soil, our homes and we cannot continue to do it.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

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